Serie A

  • 'Bring me the sun and I'll come' - Naing...

    Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan has admitted to discussing a transfer with Chelsea last summer and says that he could still end up in the Premier League. The Belgium international has long been linked with a big-money move to Stamford Bridge. His combative qualities are seen a...

    'Bring me the sun and I'll come' - Nainggolan admits he spoke to Chelsea

    Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan has admitted to discussing a transfer with Chelsea last summer and says that he could still end up in the Premier League. The Belgium international has long been linked with a big-money move to Stamford Bridge. His combative qualities are seen as being ideally suited to life in the English top-flight. Nainggolan: I'd have to start over in PL Chelsea already have plenty of midfield enforcers on their books, but the opportunity to bring in another still appeals. Antonio Conte sounded out the possibility of making Nainggolan one such addition in 2016, but the 28-year-old opted to shun the interest in favour of staying in Italy. "Yes, I talked to him,” Nainggolan said from Belgium’s 2018 World Cup qualifying training base. “They were really interested and wanted me. That's all I can say. "Bring me the sun and I'll come." Roma icon Totti airs Ronaldo regret While joking that the climate in the Italian capital appeals to him more than the one on offer in its English equivalent, Nainggolan is a big fan of the Premier League and will not be closing any doors ahead of the next transfer window. He added: "I watch the Premier League a lot. A lot of my international teammates play there. “I think it's the best league in the world. When the transfer market opens, we'll talk about it again."

  • 'I was really close to Real Madrid' - Ro...

    Roma great Francesco Totti has revealed that his status as a one-club man came under threat when Real Madrid came calling and that he regrets not playing alongside Brazilian great Ronaldo. The 40-year-old has spent his entire career in the Italian capital, making close to 800 ap...

    'I was really close to Real Madrid' - Roma legend Totti regrets not playing with Ronaldo

    Roma great Francesco Totti has revealed that his status as a one-club man came under threat when Real Madrid came calling and that he regrets not playing alongside Brazilian great Ronaldo. The 40-year-old has spent his entire career in the Italian capital, making close to 800 appearances. He was, however, given the opportunity to head for pastures new at various stages while at the peak of his powers, with Madrid offering him the chance to join a star-studded squad of 'Galacticos' at Santiago Bernabeu. Totti considering one more year at Roma "Many years ago I was really close to Real Madrid, I was pondering to leave Roma to go to Madrid," he explained in an interview with L'Intervista . "I was really close. I would never sign for another Italian side out of respect for the people. "My regrets are not playing with Ronaldo, the Brazilian one, and not winning the Champions League with Roma." Totti is currently weighing up his options as he approaches the end of another season in Rome. He will announce a decision on his future in May or June but does not wish to move into coaching because "players are so sly". "I'm thinking about my future, I've almost made my decision, but I'll wait for May or June," he said. Liverpool not looking at Manolas "I will never become a coach, I don't like to be one against 30, players are so sly. "I have three options for my future: to continue to play on the current pitches [as a Roma player], to become a Roma executive or quit football to do something else. "But I could also become an agent, I know football, a little bit..."

  • ‘At least 20 clubs chasing Kessie,’ clai...

    According to the agent of Atalanta starlet Franck Kessi, there are over 20 clubs seeking to sign the young midfielder. Donnarumma wins NxGn prize The chase to sign Kessie, who has been dubbed the ‘new Yaya Toure’, is set to be one of the stories of the summer, and representativ...

    ‘At least 20 clubs chasing Kessie,’ claims agent

    According to the agent of Atalanta starlet Franck Kessi, there are over 20 clubs seeking to sign the young midfielder. Donnarumma wins NxGn prize The chase to sign Kessie, who has been dubbed the ‘new Yaya Toure’, is set to be one of the stories of the summer, and representative George Atangana has outlined just how much the 20-year-old talent is wanted around Europe. “There are at least 20 clubs following the lads, including the best in Europe,” he told Radio Kiss Kiss. Napoli are one of the sides reportedly interested in the Ivory Coast international midfielder, and that is a club that the youngster could be open to. “We haven’t spoken to [president] Aurelio De Laurentiis yet,” he said. “We’ll talk about the transfer market in June. Napoli is an attractive club, they have a great coach in Maurizio Sarri. “His price? Whoever wants him will have to invest a lot.” Roma are also interested in the midfielder, who has previously stated that Manchester United are one of his favourite clubs.  Kessie made an explosive start to life in Serie A, scoring four times in his first three outings, and has managed seven in 24 for Atalanta, having spent last season on loan at Serie B club Cesena.

  • Milan vice-captain Abate out for season ...

    AC Milan vice-captain Ignazio Abate will miss the remainder of the season due to an eye injury. Alexis & Ozil to resume talks in summer The 30-year-old was injured in Milan's 1-0 win over Sassuolo last month, suffering what Milan describe as a "blunt force trauma" to his left e...

    Milan vice-captain Abate out for season with eye injury

    AC Milan vice-captain Ignazio Abate will miss the remainder of the season due to an eye injury. Alexis & Ozil to resume talks in summer The 30-year-old was injured in Milan's 1-0 win over Sassuolo last month, suffering what Milan describe as a "blunt force trauma" to his left eye and has travelled to the United States for treatment. Abate made 23 Serie A appearances this season, most of them as skipper due to the injury of regular captain Riccardo Montolivo. A club statement read: "The results of the visit are positive and the recovery is proceeding smoothly. Therapies will give Abate the opportunity to resume during the summer preparation phase for the 2017-2018 season." Mattia De Sciglio has taken Abate's place at right-back and as captain in his absence in their last three games.

  • I would lose my mind! - Deulofeu not thi...

    Gerard Deulofeu says he would lose his mind if he began to think about the prospect of returning to Barcelona. The winger joined AC Milan on loan from Everton until the end of the season in January and has made an impressive start to his Serie A career to earn a recall to Spain'...

    I would lose my mind! - Deulofeu not thinking about Barcelona return

    Gerard Deulofeu says he would lose his mind if he began to think about the prospect of returning to Barcelona. The winger joined AC Milan on loan from Everton until the end of the season in January and has made an impressive start to his Serie A career to earn a recall to Spain's squad for the matches against Israel and France. Deulofeu, 23, has immediately settled with Vincenzo Montella's side, but it is Barca - who maintain a €12million option to buy the player from Everton as part of his 2015 Camp Nou exit - who will determine his long-term future. Alexis wins Arsenal respite in Chile And rumours of a Camp Nou return were fuelled this week when Robert Fernandez, the Catalans' technical secretary, welcomed Deulofeu's form, stating that holding an option to re-sign him is a positive thing for Barca. "Barcelona's interest? I expected that question!" Deulofeu told reporters.  "It is great to hear these things, but if I didn't think in the present I would lose my mind. "In football, I have learned to forget the past, think about the present and the future will come as it may - thinking about it would be a mistake. "Currently I'm on loan at Milan, I'm owned by Everton and Barca have a buyback option. Right now I'm only thinking about Milan and the Spanish national team." Deulofeu welcomed the positive impact his move to Milan has had on his career. He continued: "If I had not accepted Milan then I definitely wouldn't have been called to the national team. "It is a great club and right now I am not thinking about anything else. I am very happy at Milan, the coach and his staff have given me a lot of confidence and I'm also happy with the relationship with my team-mates. "When I learned of the interest from Milan I didn't think twice about it. If I'm in this form then it is thanks to the trust everyone at Milan has placed in me." Deulofeu only has one Spain cap - picked up in May 2014 - and is relishing the chance to return under Julen Lopetegui.  "I'm a more intelligent and consistent player over 90 minutes," he said. "I am now preparing for matches much better beyond training and I have found the consistency Lopetegui and I were after. "It was a big surprise to get the call and it makes me very proud to be with the national team. I want to help them."

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